Oct. 24, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team won their fifth straight game with a 1-0 shutout of Loyola Marymount on Wednesday evening from Torero Stadium. Patrick Wallen notched his fifth goal of the season in the win, while USD stretched their winning streak to their longest since an 11-game streak in 2003.
The first half of action started out relatively slow for both teams as each squad only registered five shots apiece in the half. But the shot that mattered the most was Wallen's goal in the 15th minute where he took a pass from Dan Delgado from the near left wing and fought past an LMU defender to chip the shot past Lions keeper Paul Blanchette, giving USD (8-6-0, 6-1-0 WCC) all they would need for the victory.
The Toreros had a number of near misses later in the contest that could have added to their lead. In the 41st minute Sergio Lopez had a good look at a header but it sailed wide left. Delgado and Torrey DeArmas each had opportunities after Delgado fired off a left-footed rocket that was saved by Blanchette while DeArmas nearly knocked in the put back but Blanchette was there to prevent the goal. Toward the end of the game, Wallen took a beautiful slip feed from Conor McFadden in the box but his one-on-one opportunity was saved by Blanchette.
LMU (3-10-2, 1-5-1 WCC) tied USD in shots on the game- 15-15- but Torero keeper Drew Ilijevski and the USD defense were able to stifle the Lions' chances when they arose. Ilijevski deflected a rocket in the 27th minute that looked like it was headed for the upper corner of the net. He then thwarted a one-on-one in the eighth minute when he forced the LMU shot wide left.
Ilijevski (6-1-0) picked up his sixth straight win in goal and his third shutout of the year while recording two saves. Blanchette (2-8-1) was saddled with the loss but tallied seven saves on the night.
USD looks to keep their momentum going when they host San Francisco on Friday, Oct. 26 for a 7:00 pm contest at Torero Stadium.